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1 STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS DISCOVER YOUR LEARNING STYLE!

2 What This Workshop Will Cover An introduction to learning styles in general; Characteristics of the four styles covered in this workshop (visual, auditory, reading/writing, kinesthetic); A quick and easy learning styles survey; Tips and strategies to improve on your personal learning style!

3 What Is A Learning Style? Learning styles are ways, approaches or methods of learning. Everyone learns by using a combination of all four styles, but many have one or two particular styles that stand out above the rest. It is believed that by discovering the learning style that produces the best results students can realize greater success in class.

4 The 4 Learning Styles 1. Visual like to see what they are learning; benefit from graphs, illustrations and presentations. 2. Auditory learn best by listening to instructions, lectures; tend to read out loud; remember things that are told to them. 3. Reading/Writing learn best by reading and writing; benefit from writing and rewriting notes and using textbooks, handouts, glossaries, etc. 4. Kinesthetic hands-on learners; need to be active; learn best from direct experience or performing tasks.

5 The Visual Learner Visual Learners can typically visualize a clear picture of an experience. They tend to take numerous, detailed notes and sit in the front of the classroom where they can clearly see the chalkboard. Visual Learners learn best if the information presented is accompanied by graphs, illustrations, even videos! Organization is key to the Visual Learner, and so quite often rely on calendars and day planners to keep track of assignments, presentations, exams, and so on.

6 The Auditory Learner The Auditory Learner needs to be able to hear what is being explained. They can relate sounds to an experience. Auditory Learners may not always understand what they are reading in a chapter but experience full understanding during the lecture. They tend to participate in class discussions and are not afraid to ask questions. Also, it is always a benefit to have an Auditory Learner in a study group!

7 The Reading/Writing Learner The Reader/Writer learner thrives in an environment where reading and writing are key elements in the classroom. They devour textbooks, handouts, manuals and any resource that has written information in it. They love to make lists and rewrite notes, plus they tend to turn any visual aids, graphs, charts, etc. into verbal statements. They study best by reviewing notes and other study material, and they excel at writing essays and multiple-choice exams.

8 The Kinesthetic Learner The Kinesthetic Learner needs to be active! They enjoy activities such as cooking, construction, engineering and field trips. They love to tinker with things, take things apart and put them back together. They learn best by doing the task, using hands, manipulating things. Kinesthetic Learners thrive in busy classrooms where hands-on activities are the norm but tend to be bored in lecture situations.

9 Taking the Learning Styles Survey The Learning Styles Inventory is a group of 16 questions that ask a variety of questions that will help you to determine your unique learning style. Keeping in mind that individuals typically employ all four learning styles to some degree, you should find that one style stands out above the rest. When you begin the survey, choose the first answer that comes into your mind. With your pen or pencil, circle or otherwise mark your answers, a, b, c or d. You can mark more than one answer. Don t spend much time thinking about any one question, just keep moving. When you are done, tally up your answers as per the instructions. Whichever you have the most of suggests you are that kind of learner! VISUAL AUDITORY READER/WRITER KINESTHETIC NOTE: You may find you have more than one strength!

10 The Next Step Use the results of the survey to determine your learning style. It may be that you already use many of the strategies suggested for your style. On the other hand, you may find that you have been struggling because you were not aware that knowing your learning style can make a difference with respect to your studies! Try making some basic changes to the way you approach learning and see what happens! If you find that your performance improves significantly, you ll know you are on the right track!

11 Tips and Strategies for Visual Learners Focus on the learning objectives of the class; meet with the instructor to understand and apply them to your situation. Always visualize the Big Picture, especially when studying parts or details. When trying to remember something, close your eyes to get a picture or image of the information; use flash cards to facilitate memory recall. Avoid distractions in lecture; sit in front of class, away from windows and doors. Illustrate your notes; doodles and such can draw your attention to important details. Keep and organize any class handouts for review purposes. Use colored highlighters to emphasize important material. Look for alternative sources of visual material to supplement your studies i.e. videos, graphs, maps, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

12 Tips and Strategies for Auditory Learners Sit in front of the class where you can hear the lecture. Study with a friend or group; SI sessions are excellent! As you are reading, recite out loud several times the information you need to remember. If possible, record lectures or make your own recordings of study material and listen to them often, review prior to exams. When previewing graphs, charts and other visual aids, say out loud to yourself what connection they have to your studies. Participate in class discussions, roundtables. Ask questions!

13 Tips and Strategies for Reading/Writing Learners Write out words and answers repeatedly! Read/review notes often! Rewrite ideas and principles into statements! Turn reactions, actions, charts, graphs into words! Practice with multiple choice answers! Use glossaries and indexes to their best advantage! Organize notes, handouts, quizzes for easy review!

14 Tips and Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners Practice effective note-taking skills; rewrite your notes after each lecture session. When possible, turn class projects/assignments into something that can be manipulated during the presentation. When studying, take short, frequent breaks. Have something in your hand to squeeze during lectures, study periods (this helps keep the active mind focused). Memorize important facts by writing them on index cards and recite the information while pacing or walking. It may help to study with background music (no television, please!). Extensive reading assignments may best be accomplished while walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike. Practice spelling words by tracing them in the air; spell the word out loud to yourself as you trace.

15 STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS These workshops are presented through a collaborative effort of the CalWORKs and EOPS/CARE programs. All students are welcome to participate and are encouraged to bring a friend!

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